RF Instrument Lab


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Overview of the lab facilities

Much of the RF instrumentation available at the CHILL facility was meant for use when troubleshooting the radar, and no dedicated lab space existed for a while. The addition of the new lab space allows CHILL staff and students from CSU to work on their respective projects with access to the newest instrumentation.

In February 2009, new lab space was created using a part of the conference room facilities.

Instrument List

The table below lists some of the instruments available at the Facility.

Instrument Manufacturer Model/Features Qty
Spectrum Analyzer Agilent N9020A MXA Signal Analyzer 20 Hz - 13.6 GHz, Phase Noise option 1
Portable Spectrum Analyzer Anritsu MS2724B Spectrum Master 9 kHz - 20 GHz 1
Portable Spectrum Analyzer Agilent N1996A CSA Portable Signal Analyzer 3 kHz - 3 GHz, with tracking generator 1
RF Frequency Source Agilent N5181A MXG 250 kHz - 3 GHz, Pulse Modulation Option 1
Peak Power Meter Agilent N1912A P-Series, Dual Channel, 2x N1921A Peak Power Sensors, 50 MHz - 18 GHz 1
Average Power Meter Agilent E4418B Power Meter, 8481A Sensor head, 10 MHz - 18 GHz 1
Microwave Signal Generator Hewlett-Packard HP8672A 2 GHz - 18 GHz 2
Microwave Signal Generator Hewlett-Packard HP8673A 2 GHz - 18 GHz, AM/FM/PM/Pulse Modulation Option 1
Microwave Signal Generator Agilent E4433B 250 kHz - 4 GHz, AM/FM/PM/Pulse/IQ Modulation Option, IQ baseband generator card 1
Synthesized Sweeper Hewlett-Packard HP8341B 10 MHz - 20 GHz 1
Microwave Frequency Counter Hewlett-Packard HP5352B 2 GHz - 46 GHz 1
Oscilloscope Tektronix MSO4054 Mixed Signal Digital Phosphor Oscilloscope, 500 MHz, 4 ch, 2.5 GS/s, 16 digital channels 1
Oscilloscope Tektronix TDS3034 Digital Phosphor Oscilloscope, 300 MHz, 4 ch, 2.5 GS/s 1
Oscilloscope Tektronix 11301 400 MHz Analog Oscilloscope, with 2x 11A32 400 MHz 2-channel plugins, 1x 11A72 1 GHz 2-channel plugin, six total channels 1
Logic Analyzer Hewlett-Packard HP1661C (eight 8-channel pods, 80 MHz) 1
Logic Analyzer Saleae Logic16 (two 8-channel pods, 100 MHz, PC software with serial bus analysis) 1
Arbitrary Waveform Generator Tektronix AFG3102 Dual Channel, 1µHz - 100 MHz 1
Noise Source Agilent 346B Noise Source, 15 dB ENR, 2 GHz to 18 GHz 3
Power Supply Agilent E3610 DC Power Supply, 0-8V, 0-3A/0-18V, 0-2A 1
Power Supply Agilent U8001A DC Power Supply, 0-30V, 0-3A 2

Instrument Bench

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Instrument Bench of the laboratory space, CHILL facility. The bench is eight ft long, with three drawers, a lower shelf, two power strips, a bin rail with bins, an upper shelf and a 130W light fixture. The bench is provided with six Gigabit Ethernet jacks. A 750 VA UPS provides power for the instruments through one of the power strips. The remaining strip is powered from commercial power. Storage bins on the right side of the bench are provided for test cables, parts, etc.

Also provided is a Linux PC for general lab automation. This is a dual-core AMD Opteron, running CentOS 5.

Soldering Station

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Soldering station at the lab facilities, CSU-CHILL. A soldering station and hot-air rework station are available. The bench has four ft of space, three drawers, power strip, a storage bin rail, upper shelf and a 120W light fixture. This bench obtains power from the building UPS. This bench has four Gigabit Ethernet ports.